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You know those “Critical Updates” that pop up occasionally on your computer? The FBI says you should be very, very cautious about them, especially when using hotel Internet connections – or any public WiFi hotspots for that matter. It turns out these public networks, particularly ones with Open Access, aren’t secure, making them perfect for setting up these kind of attacks.

A recent article on TechRepublic reveals the scary truth about how cyber criminals are hijacking your computer by pretending to be legitimate updates, but actually install malware on your system instead.

Don’t get burned! To be safe when travelling, never update your software from an automatic prompt. Either wait till you are on a secure network or check to see if the update being offered is legitimate by checking for updates directly from the software itself.

And don’t skimp on the sun tan lotion!!

As more than a casual observer, Bob Coppedge, president of Northeast Ohio’s information technology management firm Simplex-IT, has taken notice of a significant increase of malware attacks occurring in the recent past. In his quest to be more like Lenny on the popular TV show Law & Order, Bob has prepared this short video to help you understand what malware is, explain how it is socially engineered to trick you into allowing it to infect your computer network and, most importantly, how easy it is to protect yourself from what is otherwise a likely inevitable attack.

If you can spare just 4 minutes to view this presentation, we trust you will find the investment in your time to be very worthwhile.

At its conclusion, we invite you to call us at 234.380.1277 or send an email to John@Simplex-IT.com. We stand ready to answer your questions and reveal how easy and inexpensive it is to implement effective solutions to help you guard against malware attacks from the internet. Just click on the thumbnail below and you’ll be on your way!

When it takes money out of your pocket. Or it reveals your credit card information to international crooks. Or maybe when it captures your PII (Personally Identifiable Information) and steals your identity. When it’s a fake!

How could this happen? Easy. You’re on the internet and you click a link on what appears to be an otherwise legitimate website. Like Google, for example. Unbeknownst to you your web browser is directed to a corrupt site that loads malware on your computer. All of a sudden you are looking at a screen that’s saying your computer is infected with viruses!

But, you think, you already have an anti-virus program! Yet your screen is insistent, it looks convincing  and it’s telling you to Click Here to remove these nasty files. Before you know it you’re being prompted to type in your credit card information so you can get a program that’s promising to do what your anti-virus program was supposed to be doing in the first place. And from there, it’s all downhill!

They’re known as Fake AV or Fake AntiVirus, Rogue AntiVirus, Rougues or ScareWare. They’re a type of malware that displays false alert messages to the victim concerning threats that do not really exist. These alerts then prompt users to visit a website where they will be asked to pay for these not-existent threats to be cleaned up. The FakeAV will continue to send these annoying and intrusive alerts until a payment is made.

Here’s an example of how this scam works. Although it focuses on a hot topic that’s recently been in the news this fake anti-virus message can be triggered from untold numbers of websites. Take a look:

Fake anti-virus hackers exploit engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton

So how do you protect yourself? If you’re a small-to-medium business you can protect both your business and your employees by calling Simplex-IT. We have a variety of solutions that will help to prevent these infected websites from ever loading on your network, the most recent of these being our most recently introduced (see our earlier blog entry) OpenDNS Enterprise (www.opendns.com). One of the many services provided by our newest partner is its ability to block malware sites like these based on a list that’s updated on a daily basis.

Of course, your best defense against any threat is simply being aware. Hopefully this blog entry has helped move you in this direction.

For more information on what else you can do, call Simplex-IT at 234.380.1277 or email John@Simplex-IT.com. The peace of mind you save may be your own!